Portovenere Things to Do

  • Church of S. Pietro
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  • Church of S. Pietro
    by Agraichen
  • Church of S. Pietro
    by Agraichen

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  • 1. Church of S. Pietro

    Doria Castle or Fortress was built in somewhere between the 12th and 17th centuries. Climbing through the narrow streets to the ancient castle is quite a hike, but the effort is worthwhile. The road...

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  • 2. the harbour

    We arrived in Portovenere from La Spezia by ferry. I think it was a much better choice than coming by bus. What can be nicer on a hot summer day than a cool breeze from the sea? Besides, the first...

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  • 3. carugi: narrow roads

    The main street in Portovenere, Via Capellini - also known as Carugio - cuts through the town. It starts from the arched gateway by the harbour and runs uphill to la Chiesa San Pietro, a church built...

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  • 4. Vernazza

    The village of Vernazza was founded in the year 1000 but flourished in the 13th century under the dominion of the Republic of Genova. It is said to be the most...

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  • 5. Monterosso

    Monterosso is the most western village of Cinque Terre located on the hills where vines and olives are cultivated. It's the only of the five that has a small...

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  • 6. Cinque Terre - Five Lands

    Although Cinque Terre was the main reason of our visit to Liguria, it didn't turn out to be the highlight of it. It doesn't mean of course that I wasn't...

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  • 7. Andrea Doria castle

    The Andrea Doria castle is a great example of Genoa military art. It was built by the noble Genoese family called Doria. The best known member of the family was...

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  • 8. The church of San Lorenzo

    The church of San Lorenzo was built in 1116 by the Genoeses just after they purchased the town. In 1130 it was consecrated by Pope Innocenzo 2nd. It is in shape...

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  • 9. Medieval centre

    The main street of Porovenere, called via Cappellini, is entered at its one end through an ancient gate. To the left of the gate you can see the 17th century...

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  • 10. Byron's grotto

    Byron's grotto is behind a rocky area next to the San Pietro church. It is said to be a place regularly visited by Byron. As the rumour goes, it is from here...

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  • 11. Castello Doria

    Built in around the 1200's (apparently there is no actual historical date available - it's said to be debatable), this huge castle sits atop the hill, next to...

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  • 12. Boat trip to 3 islands

    .You can go by a boat to the three islands from Portovenere: excursion takes about 40 minuts and contains panoramic view of Byron's bay, Grotta Azzurra and of...

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  • 13. Cinque Terre by boat

    .You can visit all 5 Cinque Terre villages by boat starting from Portovenere (or La Spezia).Choose what you prefer: daily trips, half day excursions or any...

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  • 14. Isola Palmaria

    Portovenere's views are dominated by the large rocky island known as Isola Palmaria. It is separated from the mainland by a narrow channel called le Bocche. The...

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  • 15. i Capitoli

    Two steep staircases through narrow passages link Via Capellini with Calata Doria, the waterfront promenade. They are known as Iº Capitolo and IIº Capitolo...

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  • 16. le Cinque Terre

    Portovenere lies at the southern end of the national park of Cinque Terre and is a great base for visiting the park and its villages. From here, the ferry boat,...

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  • 17. Medieval Gate

    Preserved to this day, the official entrance into the town of Portovenere in medieval times is pierced through the fortified walls. The arched gateway leads to...

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  • 18. Castello Doria

    Dominating the whole of Portovenere, the hilltop Castello Doria dates from 1161. It was built by the Genoese over the ruins of a previous castle and used for...

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  • 19. Chiesa di San Lorenzo

    The most important church in Portovenere, la Chiesa di San Lorenzo was built in 1116 by the Maestri Antelami. It is located a little below Castello Doria and...

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  • 20. Torre Capitolare

    Also built for defensive purposes, la Torre Capitolare is a mediaval tower located at the town's entrance. It contains Gothic details and dominates the harbour....

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  • 21. Chapter Tower

    The archway of defense walls has been built on the right hand side of the castle all the way down to the sea. One of the main fortification installations is the...

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  • 22. San Lorenzo Church

    The Church of San Lorenzo was built in the 12th century and has a romanesque facade. Damage from cannon fire, the worst in 1494, caused the church and belltower...

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  • 23. Byron's Grotto

    The Grotta dell'Arpaia (now collapsed), known as Byron's Grotto, from which the English poet Byron swam across the gulf of La Spezia to San Terenzo to visit...

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  • 24. Mater Naturae

    This beautiful bronze statue has been placed by the Portovenere community overlooking the bay of Lord Byron, and it is another art piece of the famous artist...

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  • 25. Portovenere's Medieval Town Centre

    One enters the medieval village through its old city gate with a Latin inscription from 1113 above it. To the left of the gate are Genoese measures of capacity...

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